Is soy formula good or bad?

Kandice - posted on 02/25/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )

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I switched my baby from regular Similac to soy when she would scream and have bad gas while taking her bottle. I breastfed for the first month, supplemented with formula, and just exclusively gave her formula. I've read some mixed opinions and results on studies for soy formula and the side effects, and was wondering what other moms think. Should I switch to the Similac Sensitive formula instead?

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Sarah - posted on 02/26/2009

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My son had a milk intolirance and couldnt have normal formula ,for 9 weeks all my baby did was scream and cry 24/7 i took him to see a doctor so many times they thought i was a over protective mum , but i went to see a stand in doctor as my doctor was off ill and he suggested change of milk so he went on soya milk that day ,within 5 days he was a fantastic normal happy baby ,he is now a healthy 5 year old boy with no intolirance to milk at all ,as long as its infant soya formula milk give it a go ,its got all the vitamins and minerals your growing baby needs

Claire - posted on 02/26/2009

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I say 'never say never!!' I have given my youngest 2 girls SMA Wysoy, and they have both thrived on it! They were such unsettled baby's, and where I agree, that you shouldn't keep changing their formula all the time, and you should give them time to adjust to a new milk, I do think that if your child is still unsettled, then it's best to try these things, as it may just make for a happier baby!!
As long as it is a proper infant formula, it'll still have all the nutrition and vital vitamins and minerals a baby needs for healthy growth! My 3 year old since being on wysoy, is now fine with cows milk and dairy products! I just think that sometimes babies need a while for their digestive systems to be developed enough to handle some dairy products and foods containing dairy! Just because they may neeed it now while they are young, doesn't mean they will have a definite intolerance or allergy in the future! The main thing I think, is to have a happy and healthy baby now, that in turn should make for a happy and healthy baby in the future!!
Good luck with what you decide.
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Chantel - posted on 02/26/2009

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I used Isomil (made by similac) with my daughter when she used to get gas from regular Similac. She did really well on it, no problems and we switched her to whole milk at 9 months and she did fine.

Kerry - posted on 02/25/2009

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Has she had any ezcema type appearances?? There is nothing wrong with soy. Both my kids were on soy because they were allergic to milk. I would definitely have her tested. It is a very simle thing. when they are that young they just put like prongs to their back with liquid and if it welps then there is an allergy, it doesn't hurt them at all. AND, trust me, if she is and you figure this out, the earlier the better, your life will be MUCH easier. MUCH. lol. The soy just causes constipation and stinks, those are the ONLY cons. I had to get a regimen with my kiddos. I would give each either prune juice or pear juice, I would switch them. One this day, the other the next, if you just use one then it might quit loosening it for them. :) Start with like 1/4 to 1/2 tsp in morning and night bottle and go from there. Less or more. :) good luck. DO the test.

Jamie - posted on 02/25/2009

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I have 3 children and used soy with all of them. They all had reflux when born and when I switched them to soy they no longer experienced the symptoms. Two of my children are grown now and are healthy. I wouldn't hesitate to use soy again.

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Terry - posted on 02/26/2009

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soy is suppose to be good for a baby. I've heard it really helps with congestion, it drys it up.

Malinda - posted on 02/26/2009

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I *really* think this question should be answered by your pediatrician, not a message board. I understand that you are looking for basic opinions about soy formula, but the basis of the questions is "what should I feed my baby" and that is a question that only a doctor knowing your child's history should be answering.

Cynthia - posted on 02/25/2009

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Only switch your child if your doctor recommends it. I am a nurse and see mom's switching their babies back and forth on formula and not giving them a chance to adjust to a formula. Babies need time to adjust to the formula and will have problems at first.

Lara - posted on 02/25/2009

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I have given my daughter sma soy ( prescribed by GP) She has been so much better on it, no tummy gripes and proper nappies !! She is thriving,, good weight gain etc, her skin is goos too. when she was on normal formula her skin was very dry,

Hope this helps

Lara

Katie - posted on 02/25/2009

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I don't really care for soy milk (even though that is what the doctor wanted me to put my daughter on when she was gassy/colicy) and so I put her on the similac alimentum. It is for babies with gas/colic and who may have a hard time breaking down milk protein (which is usually what causes the gas and colic!) She did great on it and was on it until she was 5 months old. Then once she was past the colic stage and her digestive system was more developed I put her on the regular similac. She loved it! Did great with it but all the sudden at about 8 months wouldn't take a single bottle! Sounds crazy but my mom said maybe she was just tired of the taste and to try and different brand. I tried the enfamil lipil and you would have thought it was pure chocolate she drank it so fast! Babies are so funny AND SMART!
Try the sensitive if you want to but keep in mind the gas may be being caused by not digesting it properly and if you think that is the case go straight to the alimentum.

Elaine - posted on 02/25/2009

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Ask www.dr.weil.com

I hear Almond milk is great, also use organic milk when using cows milk

Nichole - posted on 02/25/2009

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According to my pediatrician & pediatric allergist, kids who have trouble digesting milk also have trouble digesting soy.  I would consult with your pediatrician.  We put my son on a formula that was more expensive but worth it because it was for sensitive stomachs.  I wouldn't do anything without consulting your pediatrician.  There could be something else going on beyond the formula.

Michele - posted on 02/25/2009

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Personally, I'm not a fan of soy formula and think the Sensitive formula is a better option (My son couldn't tolerate milk, so I supplemented breastfeeding with Nutramagen). That said, here is a link to some good info to help you decide what's right for your baby. http://www.westonaprice.org/children/ind...

Kim - posted on 02/25/2009

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My daughter is on soy based formula. She was very fussy and spit up regular similac when she was first born. My oldest son had a severe allergy to milk based formula when he was first born so I immediately switched her to soy based when she started having issues. She has had no problems and is thriving on Isomil. Do what you think is best!

Kerry - posted on 02/25/2009

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let me say too that my sis-in-law went to lactose free 1st and that's all her's needed. So, you might want to try it before going to soy, it is easier on them and less constipation. :) It can take 2 weeks for the formula change to really show.

Jena - posted on 02/25/2009

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Our daughter is 8 months old now, but when she was younger she had a lot of problems with formula. She would spit everything up. Our doctor said soy formula is not as good, but if you have to use it then you can. He didn't say the exact reason why, just that he prefers not to use it. We have tried regular milk based, soy, and lactose free. We have found lactose free to be the best. It is still milk based; it just doesn't have lactose in it. We are currently using the Target brand "Lactose Sensitive" which is equivalent to "Similac Sensitive". I would suggest trying that. It’s the only thing our daughter can keep down.

Heather - posted on 02/25/2009

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Both of my girls (2yrs and 7months) were  breastfed for a while then went straight to SOY...no big deal at all...I know the fuss about the vitamins I got the enfamil liquid vitamins and gave them...at 9 months I went to soy milk then at about 14 months went to 2% milk and my oldest turned out fine and has never really even been sick!!! So it is all up to you and what you want to do.  My doctor was actually all for the soy he said it was closer to breastmilk since it was so much easier on their bellies...I say go soy its great...Oh yeah I was a soy baby too and have NO PROBLEM!!!!  Again you are the mom do what you think is best!

Samantha - posted on 02/25/2009

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Try goats milk. Children in the past who were orphaned and did not have access to a wet nurse were often fed goats milk and it often meant the difference between life and death. These days, we know that goats milk is actually chemically similar to human milk. I am not suggesting that it is an alternative to human milk, but it is at least and alternative to cows milk. Be very wary of using Soya since there have been several incidents especially in the States where mothers have been prosecuted for neglect because they used Soya and their children became malnourished. Seek the guidance of a doctor and suggest goats milk instead. See what they have to say. Soya is at best a very third rate alternative if there is no other possibility.

Elaine - posted on 02/25/2009

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Hallo, in SA we've got fantastic Soy products. My Daughter has bad ecsema and was put on goats milk from about 6 months. From her 1st birthday, we switched to Soya milk... and the ecsema is practically gone! We use Simply Soy (with added Vits & Min) and another product is Isomil Soy (for babies) - also added Vits and Min. My tip... go talk to a Homeopath! Good Luck.

Cheralee - posted on 02/25/2009

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We are in the same situation as you and also had similar problems with my daughter (18 months). For my daughter the switch to the milk-based, lactose-free did the trick. I would try that as it is the better long-term option. However, with my son (1 month) that wasn't enough. We have switched to soy with a noticable difference. His digestive system couldn't handle the milk-based, but nothing says he won't in a couple of months. If you need to do soy for a while it will be ok, try to offer the sensitive in a couple months, your babies digestive system might just need time to catch up. Also, talk to your dr, but soy is not going to turn your child into a one-eyed hairy monster, plenty of kids are on it for the full 12 months and turn out just fine!

Jacci - posted on 02/25/2009

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Have you had your baby lactose intolerant tested?? otherwise i wouldnt give her soy milk... Tulip my baby is lactose intolerant and vomits consistently, bad bloating, sore belly she rubs it and cries and has really runny poo's when she was given regular formula and we got her tested at the doctor they make you give the baby a stool test - it takes 3-5days for results and that should let you know..

I woulnd't give her it unless you know that she is lactose intolerant. There is a droplet thing i cant remember the name now that helps babies with bad gas - you give them a drop before you feed them and then it creates all the gas in your bellys tummy into 1 bubble so when you burp the baby you only need to get that 1 bubble out... I'll try find out what its called and let you know.... Talk to your doctor :]

Ashlea - posted on 02/25/2009

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Soy milk is made for those babies who have an intolerance to actual milk. In the long run it will only cause more problems and I agree it should be advised by a doctor and under their supervision. If you baby is having problems with gas and screaming there are several home remedies that you can use to help her out. Let me know if you would like to try any

Anet - posted on 02/25/2009

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I agree with Samantha.



The switch should be done under the supervision of the dr. We tried soya with our eldest son, but at 10 months finally started normal cow's milk. (no problems then - he would keep vomitting when drinking milk). The soya milk made our eldest son's situation and reaction only worse....



Make sure that your baby gets the nutrition required.



Good luck!

Samantha - posted on 02/25/2009

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Personally, I wouldnt consider soya milk at all. There is quite good evidence that it results in vitamin deficiencies leading to rickets and other growth problems. Unless you are under the supervision of a doctor and the child is VERY carefully monitored for the first signs of malnutrition, I wouldnt do it at all. If soya is truly your only option, then I would seek the guidance of a doctor first.

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